According to National Center for Learning Disabilities “... dyslexia is a lifelong challenge. This language-based processing disorder can hinder reading, writing, spelling and sometimes even speaking. Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence or laziness or the result of impaired hearing or vision. Children and adults with dyslexia have a neurological disorder that causes their brains to process and interpret information differently.”
Parents of children with learning disabilities want school districts to buy struggling students an iPad. We all know that the iPad is not a one-size-fits-all tool and it is not best practice to suggest that any one tool will “fix” a child. As a person with dyslexia myself, I must say that the iPad is a pretty good tool at helping students overcome expressive and receptive language barriers. With the iPad’s speech-to-text, text-to-speech capabilities and its ease of use and portability the iPad is a great tool to help dyslexics.
I know that the iPad has helped Rexx. According Alice Alessi, Speech and Language therapist, Rexx is now self-correcting his writing in school, which he was not doing previously. Also, it seems that Rexx is now reading things on his own. Just last week, Rexx’s mother, Jackie Paddock heard her son say something that she had never heard before. Rexx said, “I’m going to go off and read for a bit.” Rexx is reading the first of the Catching Fire books.
By: Rick Weinberg
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